1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
"The status quo was not working with North Korea. What was the status quo in North Korea? They were racing toward a nuclear weapon. They were racing toward having multiple independent ICBMs with nuclear tipped warheads on top of them. The president needed to disrupt the status quo and the president has disrupted the status quo. He should be applauded for doing that. And we should be under no illusion of our experiences with North Korea. It's a terrible regime. They've done terrible things and they've been deceitful in the past. But it's really important that we disrupted the status quo like the president has. I'm encouraged by the negotiations that are now taking place between Secretary Pompeo and the North Koreans. The path we were on was not working. Prior administrations have failed to fix this. And so it's really important that we'd dealt with this issue as it was because it wasn't going to get any better. The president should be applauded for disrupting the status quo. Now, let's go get an agreement and we should be under no illusion that it's going to be fast. This is going to take time and we have to make sure that we have irreversible, comprehensive denuclearization of North Korea. So that's what we need to get out of this. I'm pleased the president has gotten us to the position we are in. Time will tell how this ends."
House Speaker Paul Ryan says President Donald Trump should be "applauded" for his meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. But Ryan is cautioning on Wednesday that the next steps toward an agreement won't go fast.
The Wisconsin Republican, who is retiring this year, told reporters that "The president needed to disrupt the status quo, and the president has disrupted the status quo" with the historic meeting in Singapore. He said "the president should be applauded....Now let's go get an agreement."
Trump and Kim signed a joint statement that contained a repeat of past promises to work toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, but the details haven't been nailed down.
He cautioned that no one should expect that process to go quickly. "Time," he said, "will tell how this ends."